Sir Robert Audley, while a good and honorable man, has no social ambitions, and after a time Lady Audley's life becomes monotonous, so she devises a scheme which she believes will be of advantage to her. While her husband is away from home on a long trip, she plans to become suddenly ill and die; this is successful, and enables her to appear under another name. She next ensnares a wealthy nobleman, Sir Michael, and at last sees her dream about to be realized. When Sir Robert returns he penetrates her disguise and threatens to expose the ruse. She, failing to persuade him to keep silent, determines to put him out of the way forever. For this purpose an old well in the Abbey Court grounds is used; there Sir Robert is supposed to have fallen to his death. Her secret, however, is whispered about by a villager. Sir Michael's son denounces her but his father is completely infatuated, and therefore gives no credence to the rumor and orders his son from his home. Through a chain of ... Written by
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The 1916 re-issue titled The Bigamist
(1916) used different cast names; for example "Jane Vernon" rather than Jane Fearnley and "William J. Welsh" for Thomas Welsh. See more
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